Madison County jail inmate charged with hitting cellmate

News-DemocratMay 20, 2013 

A 49-year-old Madison County Jail inmate was charged Monday with aggravated battery. Kenneth J. Jones allegedly punched his cellmate in the face causing him to bleed from the mouth.

According to the Madison County Sheriff's Department, a jail deputy conducting checks in the jail at just before 11 p.m. Friday discovered a 24-year-old male inmate bleeding from the mouth. The victim was removed from the cell block and treated by a physician for a laceration to his lip, which required sutures to close.

An investigation revealed Jones, who was being housed in the same cell block as the victim, hit the victim in the face with a closed fist, police said. The attack was determined to be unprovoked.

Jones was transferred to a segregation unit within the jail. He has been in the custody of the Madison County Jail since May 2012 on felony domestic battery and leaving the scene of a traffic accident charges.

Madison County Judge Kyle Napp set Jones' bond at $30,000.

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